Investors Increasingly Value Sustainability
The importance of Corporate Responsibility (CR) has grown significantly in recent years on the world's financial markets. Investors are increasingly looking for companies that create long-term, sustainable value.
Representatives of different interest groups such as international shareholders, investors, financial analysts and rating agencies regularly ask E.ON about environmental and social aspects of our business activities. Among other CR issues, they are interested in efforts to tackle climate change and ensure security of supply, as well as levels of public trust in companies.
Transparent Communication of CR Activities
At E.ON, we actively respond to this need for information by regularly communicating our CR activities in a transparent manner. As we do so, we take our lead from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. These serve to standardize reporting and thereby increase both comparability and transparency.
Since 2004 E.ON has been publishing its climate-relevant data in the context of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). This initiative brings together over 500 institutional investors with more than EUR46 trillion in assets under management and some 2,500 organizations worldwide who disclose their carbon dioxide emissions. E.ON has been listed in the "Carbon Performance Leadership Index" in 2010 (CPLI). The index was published by the Carbon Disclosure Project. Information on the efforts made by the world's 500 largest businesses to reduce CO2 emissions is assessed by the project. 48 of these businesses were included in the index.
Dialog Events with Investors on Social Responsibility
To find out more about which CR aspects most interest our investors, E.ON has been holding special dialog events for this stakeholder group since 2007. Known as roadshows, these events are organized together with our Investor Relations and Corporate Responsibility departments. Key topics of events to date have included
- E.ON's generation strategy
- expansion of renewables
- carbon capture and storage (CCS)
- human rights
- responsibility in the supply chain
- and E.ON's CR organization and strategy
- as well as questions on the future need for well-qualified employees.
Inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
Among other things, our re-inclusion in both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index in 2010 sent a strong signal to the capital markets and the growing number of investors who make investment decisions based on sustainability criteria. The DJSIs are the world's most important and widely-recognized indexes for tracking the performance of sustainability-driven companies. They are calculated and published by the Swiss investment boutique SAM Group in cooperation with Dow Jones Indexes.